What birth/pregnancy books are you reading?

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boilermaker's picture
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What birth/pregnancy books are you reading?

Is anyone reading to prepare for birth?

I think I'm going to dig out some of my old books and re-read them. They always help me feel more centered and prepared for birth.

My faves are Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and The Thinking Woman's Guide to Better Birth by Henci Goer.

I may re-read Birthing from Within and Pushed, too.....if I have the time. Smile

What are you reading these days?

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Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and the Henci Goer book are my faves too. I didn't read Pushed yet. Good idea, maybe I'll read it! I am planning another Hypnobabies birth, so probably won't read any other specific childbirth techniques books.

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Joined: 06/12/09
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None! But, I may pull out my Giving Birth with Confidence, the official Lamaze Guide. Don't worry, it's the new Lamaze, so there's no silly breathing techniques. Just natural child birthing tips.

Marite13's picture
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All my birthing books are in the States, so for now, I can't even read any of them. I do have one on my Kindle... Into These Hands- relatively new book, collection of stories from midwives. Not so much a "how-to" as just inspiration, I think. Truthfully I've only read the first few pages though.

I really go through phases with reading, and right now I am very much NOT reading anything. I play solitaire on my ipod like I'm winning actual money though!

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I've read the Ina Mae and Henci Goer books before. I'm not feeling the urge to read much this time around. I might go look for some midwife anthologies--those sound lovely.

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I'm reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and the Hypnobirthing book, right now.

RebeccaA'07's picture
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None. But I would like to read nearly all mentioned above, especially Ina May's and Hypnobirthing.

ammoss890's picture
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I had never even thought about getting a book on birthing.

I've read the typical "What to Expect When You're Expecting," but now I'm definately going to look for new material.

boilermaker's picture
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I encourage EVERY woman to read, read, read while pregnant. Yes, birth is a natural event, but you want to arm yourself with knowledge about the process and what is happening to your body and your baby. It truly is power and will allow you to make INFORMED decisions about your care, instead of just relying on a doctor. These are big decisions that should be made together.

I've read that most people spend more time researching what car to buy next or what kind of tv to buy than they do researching about the birth process.

If you aren't into books-- watch a movie. The Business of Being Born is a good place to start (Ricki Lake documentary)-- and after you watch that you may be inspired to read. Good luck!

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I encourage EVERY woman to read, read, read while pregnant. Yes, birth is a natural event, but you want to arm yourself with knowledge about the process and what is happening to your body and your baby. It truly is power and will allow you to make INFORMED decisions about your care, instead of just relying on a doctor. These are big decisions that should be made together.

I've read that most people spend more time researching what car to buy next or what kind of tv to buy than they do researching about the birth process.

If you aren't into books-- watch a movie. The Business of Being Born is a good place to start (Ricki Lake documentary)-- and after you watch that you may be inspired to read. Good luck!

:clappy:

The bolded is just RIDICULOUS.

I second watching BOBB- great movie!